How to improve productivity in the workplace
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Eat, Sleep, Exercise, Repeat
On average, an adult needs roughly 8 hours sleep a night to feel well rested and ready to tackle the challenges the day has to offer. However, too few of us make the time in bed a priority, which is ridiculous as it is the place that so many of us are distraught to leave of a morning. We need those golden hours of sleep in order to survive and help our bodies heal. It is thought that lack of sleep has links to weight gain and an increased risk of illness such as heart disease and diabetes.
If you have trouble switching off and getting to sleep then get into the habit of setting half an hour to an hour out of your day to exercise. This will help reduce your blood pressure, improve your general health, and ameliorate a poor sleeping pattern. Although it may seem like a daunting task, exercising in the morning will boost your energy levels and wake you up, so you don’t walk into work feeling like you’ve just come from a scene in Shaun of the Dead.
Take control of your workspace
The workplace has a few things that can impede productivity, so take control of your workspace. If you find yourself spending more time on your phone, then put it on silent, do not disturb or switch it off so it doesn’t break your focus. Scrolling through your friend’s Instagram feed isn’t going to help you meet that deadline, so alienate that distraction.
If you are struggling to keep on top of your tasks there is probably a new app or tool that can help you manage and complete your jobs. Registering, signing up and getting used to this tool may take a little time at first, but in the long run it will increase your efficiency and productivity.
Multitasking is something that has been ingrained in society and has become part of everyday life. We all do it, whether it is taking a phone call whilst cooking dinner or sending that email during a meeting. Putting all your focus on one activity seems like a luxury and wasteful, but when you try to juggle a few tasks at once your productivity drops by 40%, so sit down and put all your attention on that one job, and you’ll improve your overall efficiency.
Bring back the nap!
If you have the opportunity, take a 10-20 minute power nap as it will help improve your alertness. Be sure to check with your place of work before wandering off for your afternoon siesta, just incase it isn’t an option...
Eat all the Brain food!
The food you put in your body will have a massive influence on how you think and feel. Swap your snacks of crisps and biscuits to a handful of nuts or seeds or a couple of pieces of dark chocolate. It is a change that takes a little bit of getting used to, but you’ll soon feel a difference in how you feel and your concentration levels will improve!
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